The IT sector appears more and more often in the news messages and often with the same message – “there is a shortage of IT specialists”. The Netherlands has to deal with the fact that IT vacancies are becoming increasingly difficult to fill in. WIBA IT has thoughts regarding the shortage and we would like to share them with the searching organizations.
In the recently published market factsheet titled Ict-professions (in Dutch), the UWV has found that shortages of IT professions are increasing further. Since the second half of 2017, according to the UWV (2019), there has been a very tight labour market for IT professions.
To give you a better idea, imagine that at the start of last year there were 26 regions with a tight and 9 with a very tight labour market. And now, in 2019, there are 17 labour market regions with a very tight labour market for IT professions. These regions are Greater Amsterdam, Haaglanden, Central Utrecht and Southeast Brabant.
In 2018, 70% of IT vacancies had at least (the Dutch) HBO education level as a requirement. So it’s not just a shortage of IT specialists, but a shortage of educated IT people.
Branche trends and number
The IT industry has undergone strong developments in recent years. The revenues grew by 7.4% in 2018 alone. A sharp increase in revenues is expected for the three coming years. ABN AMRO expects a growth of 5% for IT in 2019 and a growth of 4.5% in 2020 (ABN AMRO, 2019). But what about the employment?
The IT sector is dominated by people in their twenties, thirties and forties – much more than total average. Relatively few young people and people over 55 work in IT.
There were 312.000 employed and 56.000 self-employed within the IT in 2018. Of the 56.000 self-employed, 49.000 had a “zzp” status (self-employed without personnel). Since 2014, the number of self-employed people in IT has grown by around 19%. You can read more about this topic in our previous blog about self-employed in IT.
The number of working IT professionals is growing. The demand for IT staff is expected to increase more and more in the coming years. UWV reports that the demand for IT advisers has decreased due to IT projects becoming less complex. The big trend is clear: there is an increasing demand for IT people who manage multiple disciplines in the process. As a result, the popularity of full-stack developers has increased. Furthermore, cloud technology is popular again and causes a decrease in traditional system administrators. The other major trends such as security and digitization ensure that there is more demand for security specialists within IT..
There is an increasing demand for IT people with broader social skillset. According to UVW (2019), it is due to the increasing need for people with insight into business processes and in posession of communication skills, who can translate customer wishes into IT.
Thinking in solutions
For years WIBA IT has been finding freelance IT specialists who not only have a strong professional background but also fit the working environment as persons. Finding the right match between the client and IT people is something we have a great track record of.
We often speak to organizations that have been looking for the perfect IT specialist for more than a year. More often, such an organization does not want to think of posting or hiring. And if so, they don’t know what to do with it. There is a certain misconception about the concept of intermediaries, which often makes people think that the margin that an intermediary will demand is very high.
WIBA IT is transparent about the margins. We already have more than 100 satisfied customers who regularly hire IT specialists through us. We are happy to help our customers find the right IT specialist. We also try to realise it within 48 hours.
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